Key stage 3 & 4 Science

There is a broad range of activities below which could be used in the teaching of KS3/4 science. There are several simple climate models – using dice, bottles of water, Excel spreadsheets etc. as well as excercises investigating data or the greenhouse effect in general.

Title & description Notes
Teachers notes Teachers’ notes Guide to where the materials fit in UK science curriculum (pdf, 50 KB)
Lesson plan Lesson plan Suggested lesson plan with background information & solutions for teachers (pdf, 120 KB)
Introduction to climate and climate change Presentation (pdf, 260 KB)
Powerpoint presentation (ppt, 960 KB)
Simple climate model teachers’ notes. Teachers’ notes For calculator / Excel versions (pdf, 140 KB)
Students’ notes For Excel version (pdf, 120 KB)
Spreadsheet version (xls, 14 KB)
Paper & calculator worksheet (pdf, 100 KB)
Bucket model
Practical climate model involving a plastic bottle and water. Best done in groups of 3
Students’ worksheet (pdf, 110 KB)
Students’ worksheet using an Excel spreadsheet instead of the real thing (xls, 15 KB)
Using dice as a climate model
Requires Excel and one die per pupil / group of pupils
Teachers’ notes (pdf, 100 KB)
Students’ worksheet (pdf, 140 KB)
Sample spreadsheet (xls, 540 KB)
Presentation (pdf, 530 KB)
Powerpoint presentation (ppt, 1.1 MB)
Presentation notes for teachers (pdf, 100 KB)
The Day After Tomorrow Discussion-based exercise (pdf, 100 KB)
Friends of the Earth press release (pdf, 90  KB)
Exploring energy conservation for the Earth
Looking at the transfer of energy from the Sun to the Earth’s atmosphere
Presentation (pdf, 120 KB)
Powerpoint presentation (ppt, 280 KB)
Teachers’ notes (pdf, 80 KB)
Using to produce a climate forecast
3 half-hour sessions require and the visualisation package to be installed
Worksheet (pdf, 130 KB)
Powerpoint (ppt, 160 KB) Blank Powerpoint file for the above excercise
Thinking about the greenhouse effect Poster (pdf, 120 KB) 2 session classroom excercise, resulting in the production of a poster
Investigating the greenhouse effect using a bottle of CO2 and a lamp Spreadsheet (xls, 40 KB) Sample results of the practical described on the Earth Science Education Initiative website
New Zealand schools: Introductory slide show Powerpoint presentation (ppt, 1.8 MB)
New Zealand schools: Using results to produce a climate forecast Worksheet (doc, 110 KB)
New Zealand schools: Making a climate forecast for a particular location Worksheet (doc, 60 KB)
New Zealand schools: Students’ evaluation of the excercisesquestionnaire Questionnaire (doc, 30 KB)
New Zealand schools: Useful sources of information Information (doc, 30 KB)
New Zealand schools: Presentation for teachers Teachers’ Powerpoint presentation (ppt, 1.6 MB)